UNSUB – Interstitium CDr

8 May 2011 tankakern No Comment

UNSUB – Interstitium

Dark Winter Moon Recordings

Power electronics and ambient music. Two genres that would seem an unlikely pair, but on Interstitium, UNSUB pulls off this combination masterfully. Utilizing drum beats over deep, rhythmic drones, UNSUB creates an engrossing sound that strikes a balance between esoteric and listenable with no real compromise to either side. The effect is harsh, hateful electronics with a very hypnotic side to it. The recording quality here is quite high, so both sides get equal sonic representation. Even though the power electronics are definitely present here, they definitely aren’t the harshest I’ve ever heard, though they are quite fierce at times.

The harsher side of the album is near the beginning, while the latter part of Interstitium becomes very somber and thoughtful. This album rarely meanders, and fans of deep drones will find something engrossing here. UNSUB makes use of every second of Interstitium; the composition in general is well put together and constantly evolving. I love how well UNSUB takes genres that seemingly were never meant for each other and defies convention by creating an album that pulls off both sounds in such a convincing and gripping way.

Composition: ★★★½☆
Sounds: ★★★½☆
Production Quality: ★★★★☆
Concept: ★★★½☆
Packaging: ★★★☆☆
Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

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